The Android 12 developer preview is out, and the web is busy poring over it to seek out any new options or hints on the OS’s future. So far, there have been a number of attention-grabbing issues found, resembling an Emergency SOS characteristic, some redesigns, and different helpful, if minor, finds:
As identified by Android Police, the Emergency SOS characteristic can also be a lot simpler to entry now. Before, making an emergency name required you to carry the facility button down, faucet the emergency button, then faucet twice on the Call 911 button. In Android 12, nonetheless, it may be activated by quickly urgent the facility button 5 instances, which is able to set off a countdown telling you that an emergency name is about to be positioned.
Android Police notes that, by default, it calls 911. You can set it to name a distinct quantity, but when the quantity isn’t a government-run emergency line, your cellphone must be unlocked for the decision to undergo.
The course of for accessing the Emergency Call characteristic in Android 11.Screenshots: Sean Hollister / The Verge
Android 12 developer preview’s emergency name UI.Image: Android Police
There have been a number of minor redesigns of the Settings app search bar and the lock display screen and notification media participant, however Mishaal Rahman discovered a characteristic flag that “dramatically” adjustments the settings UI to be simpler to make use of one-handed.
BIG change: If you allow the “Silky dwelling” characteristic flag that I beforehand talked about, you may get a DRAMATICALLY modified Settings UI that is MUCH extra one-handed pleasant. Here are a number of screenshots: pic.twitter.com/EcwqnU0LlB— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) February 18, 2021
9to5Google has additionally discovered that some screens within the settings app have blue-tinted backgrounds. It speculates that it may very well be a part of a rumored theming system, however for the time being, it appears very unfinished.
Of course, notifications have additionally gotten a redesign, with 9to5Google noting that there’s a devoted snooze button now, and the icon bubbles are actually a lot bigger. This appears to be like prefer it reduces the density of notifications, but it surely’s nonetheless very early days for Android 12, so it’s doable adjustments may very well be made or toggles may very well be added to manage whether or not you wish to see the bigger app icon.
The app icon bubbles are actually bigger.Image: 9to5Google
There are additionally a number of options which can be hinted at, and even have settings current, however at present don’t appear to work or aren’t enabled, together with:
Given the early state of the developer preview, it’s not likely meant for day-to-day use in your primary cellphone. And as with all betas, these options and designs are topic to vary in new releases. Still, it’s a tantalizing glimpse at the way forward for Android and the options Google is including to an already feature-packed mature OS.